Razorbacks head football coach Sam Pittman will be honored by the Boys & Girls Club of Central Arkansas for its 2021 Leader of the Year Banquet.


This year, the banquet will be held at War Memorial Stadium on Thursday, June 10 from 6:30-8 p.m. David Bazzel, a talk radio host for 103.7 The Buzz and a former Razorback football player, will serve as the master of ceremonies for the event.


Boys & Girls Club of Central Arkansas CEO Cindy Doramus said that the annual Leader of the Year Banquet is the organization’s major fundraising event for the year. For the 2021 banquet, Doramus said the Boys & Girls Club hopes to raise $100,000 in funding.


“This is an event that we have had for years,” Doramus said. “This has been one of the signature fundraisers we have had for many, many years.”


This year, the Boys & Girls Club is changing up the event by having it at War Memorial Stadium on the field. “We thought it would be such a neat event to have at War Memorial Stadium,” Doramus said.


“It’s exciting. That’s one of the reasons I feel so good about it,” she said. “Normally, we have at one of the clubs in our gym. I’m so excited about having it on the field at War Memorial Stadium with the head football coach.”


This marks the first event that the Boys & Girls Club has held in-person since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, Doramus said the organizers will be taking necessary precautions, including spreading tables out for social distancing.

“We’re trying to get everyone back together, back out and support the children in our community,” she said.


Looking ahead, Doramus said that the Boys & Girls Club has more planned for 2021, including a food festival in the fall. For the third year, the organization will host the Italian Food and Wine Festival, which will be held on the grounds of Heifer International in September.


The Leader of the Year Banquet organizers are still seeking sponsors for the event. The gold sponsorship, at $5,000, includes signage at the event, priority listing in the event program, ten tickets for a private pre-event cocktail with Pittman, a leadership table with seating for 10 for dinner, and on-stage acknowledgement. The silver sponsorship, at $2,500, includes event signage, four tickets to the cocktail reception, a leadership table with seating for eight at dinner, and a listing in the event program. The bronze sponsorship, at $1,500, includes one corporate table with seating for eight at dinner and a listing in the event program.


Individual tickets to the event are $150 and include seating at an open table with dinner for one.


There are also tickets for stadium bleacher seating available for $50. These tickets allow for admission to the event, but access to the field will not be allowed and dinner will not be included.


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